From 21 to 23 November, CESI’s Youth Representative Matthäus Fandrejewski attended the Council of Members of the European Youth Form (EYF) in Thessaloniki, Greece. This was an opportunity for Matthäus to find out about the work of the EYF, and issues related to youth employment policy at the European level in general. CESI has been an observer member of the EYF for several years and regularly engages in its work in Brussels, however this was the first time CESI has been represented at the EYF’s Council of Members by the Youth Representative.
This week, CESI and UN SA CONF S AL (IT) organised a joint event to defend the role played by social dialogue within central administration both at EU and national level.
The European Parliament yesterday (21 November 2013) voted to ensure at least 40 percent representations of women in the board of directors of companies having more than 250 employees. The issue is one in which CESI has played an active role through the continual hard work of its Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission, and through its contribution to the Commission’s consultation process in the proposals.
The European Youth Forum last week launched its latest publication on Quality Jobs for Young People. The publication was presented at the Youth Summit for Quality Jobs held in Paris last week to promote and protect quality jobs for young Europeans, as well as the role played by young people in shaping and implementing the Youth Guarantee in Europe. A delegate from CESI attended this event on behalf of its Youth Representative, Matthäus Fandrejewski.
CESI President Romain Wolff held working consultations with the Hungarian Civil Servants and Public Employees Trade Union (MKKSV), a member organisation of the CESI. Political developments in Hungary and Luxembourg and the variety of ways in which trade unions operate in both EU states were the key issues discussed during the recent three-day working visit of Mr Romain Wolff in Hungary. Mr Wolff is the General Secretary of the General Confederation of the Civil Service (CGFP) in Luxembourg and president of CESI. Mr Wolff was accompanied by Steve Heiliger, head of public relations of the CGFP.
This week CESI held its third CESI@noon, this time on the topic of Security in Europe: The “Post-Stockholm” Process. The event, chaired by Yves Pascouau from the European Policy Centre, was held under the auspices of CESI’s Europe Academy to follow up on a two day seminar on Building a Europe of Freedom, Security and Justice which took place earlier this year with the financial support of the European Commission.
This week (14 November) CESI organised a breakfast meeting on the social dimension of Economic and Monetary Union in the European Parliament together with Thomas Mann MEP (EPP, Germany) on How to strengthen the social dimension of Economic and Monetary Union? Enhancing the social dimension of the European Semester.
The Local and Regional Authorities Trade Council took place in Luxemburg this week (12 November). The meeting saw the election of its board and discussions ranging from European Social Dialogue to water supplies in Europe.
The Education Trade Council took place in Brussels last month (Thursday 24 October). The topics for discussion ranged from social dialogue in the education sector to the new technologies being used in the field. The Trade Council is an ideal forum for exchanging ideas, concerns and best practices between Member States in the education sector.